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Hedged Bet: An Unusual AIDS Vaccine Trial

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Science  12 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5737, pp. 1003
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5737.1003

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No one has yet found an AIDS vaccine that can trigger effective antibodies against HIV's surface protein. So Merck has constructed a vaccine that abandons antibodies altogether, and the company is testing it in a fast-tracked study to determine whether it's worth pursuing the approach.